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RAFINITY 1408A Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica; 310/458-3515. WHAT TO LOOK FOR Modern jewelry designs. Rafinity tweaks the traditional dome cocktail ring by setting a 9.62-carat diamond upside down ($24,000). EXPERT OPINION Co-owner Ann Whatu says colored gems like black and chocolate diamonds are all the rage. "Chocolate will go with everything." STAR SIGHTINGS Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez.

DAVID ORGELL 320 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; 310/273-6660. WHAT TO LOOK FOR Vintage rings and necklaces from the oldest jeweler on Rodeo Drive (in business for more than 70 years).

Hotels

THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills; 800/462-7899 or 310/551-2888; www.peninsula.com; doubles from $395. THE SCOOP During awards season, the hotel shop stocks cuff links, evening bags, and even an on-call seamstress for last-minute problems. STAR SIGHTINGS The casts of Sex and the City and The Sopranos have been spotted here.

RAFFLES L'ERMITAGE 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills; 800/800-2113 or 310/278-3344; www.lermitagehotel.com; doubles from $418. THE SCOOP Rooms here have screening room-worthy, 40-inch TV's and surround-sound Bose speakers. STAR SIGHTINGS Julia Roberts, James Woods.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL 300 S. Doheny Dr.; 800/332-3442 or 310/273-2222; www.fourseasons.com; doubles from $350. THE SCOOP When celebs descend on the city for an event, they often snap up one of the Four Seasons' corner rooms, which feature wraparound balconies with views of the Hollywood Hills. STAR SIGHTINGS Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna.

Restaurants

MR. CHOW 344 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills; 310/278-9911; dinner for two $112. ON THE MENU Modern Beijing cuisine (green prawns, hand-pulled noodles) in a contemporary black and white space. STAR SIGHTINGS Kirsten Dunst, Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Demi Moore.

SPAGO 176 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-385-0880, dinner for two $160. ON THE MENU Dishes from the inventive Wolfgang Puck include Cantonese duck with blood oranges and lamb daube with Parmesan gnocchi. STAR SIGHTINGS Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette, David Arquette.

AGO 8478 Melrose Ave., W. Hollywood; 323/655-6333; dinner for two $130. ON THE MENU Co-owned by Robert De Niro, Miramax honchos Harvey and Bob Weinstein, and Ridley Scott, Ago serves updated Tuscan fare, such as housemade tagliatelle ai carciofi (tagliatelle with artichokes) and bistecca alla fiorentina, a 22-ounce steak prepared in a wood-burning oven. STAR SIGHTINGS George Clooney, Sharon Stone, Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Carrey, Rob Lowe.

THE IVY 113 N. Robertson Blvd.; 310/274-8303; dinner for two $100. ON THE MENU New American cuisine—spicy Louisiana crab cakes, homemade butterscotch sundaes—in an intimate, folksy dining room and on a walled outdoor patio covered with climbing roses. STAR SIGHTINGS Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck.

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